Fast Five: Meet Dr. Marc Jeschke

Fast 5 features quick, personal profiles of our research team members. This week, it’s Dr. Marc Jeschke, Medical Director of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and senior scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

1. What are you reading for pleasure right now?
Currently I like some distraction from the pandemic and enjoy some mystery and criminal fiction. I am also reading a couple of non-fiction books about the future after the pandemic, and about biomedical evolution.

2. What is the most worthwhile non-monetary investment you’ve made?
Investing time with my family. We just got a new puppy after we lost our beloved golden, Max, last fall; my family very much enjoys spending time with our new puppy.

3. What advice would you give your younger self?
Be more critical of information being presented as facts.

4. What prompted you to get into regenerative medicine?
I am not sure everybody knows I am a burn surgeon. Taking care of burns is quite challenging, but the most important aspect is to heal and close the burn wounds. It was very clear to me from an early time in my career that regenerative medicine is the only way to advance the care of these patients.

5. If you could buy one new toy for the lab right now – if money was not an issue – what would you get and why?
I would buy two things: a bioreactor to accelerate cell growth, and a single cell proteomic analysis system. One to multiply cells more rapidly, and two, allowing single cell analyses is the future of analytes, and allows identification of single cell pathways.